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RE: [xml-dev] Microsoft buys the Swedish vote on OOXML?

A revealing point is that once one gets away from the 'bloids like Groklaw
or the dedicated topic bloids, this isn't being covered extensively by the
legitimate press.   The business world is largely unconcerned knowing that
they will continue to buy commercial systems and that the decisions about
the standards are left to the vendors who understand them.  Were it not for
the political efforts to rig the markets ahead of time in favor of one
keiretsu or another, little notice would have been taken at all.

Operationally, it is better for the standards processes if they continue to
be somewhat under the radar of the bloggers.   One may have to question the
need for transparency in these. 

ISO is right to close their doors to swivel chair paparazzi.


From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:rjelliffe@allette.com.au] 

The other side to the story is that MS discovered and fixed the
mistaken/inept email within hours, that they alerted SIS, and that it
wouldn't have impacted the vote:

The abandonment of the vote was on a quite different issue of time (not
enough to time to reschedule the vote before the ISO deadline after a
miscount was discovered.) DIS 29500 would have been accepted 25-6 it
seems: why would they bribe if they didn't need to?

This looks like a beat-up. Appropriate to bring up Karl Rove though, it
was just what I was thinking...

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